Sicily Summer School in Environmental Humanities

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Sicily Summer School in Environmental Humanities
Milieu and Technique: Gilbert Simondon 100 years after his birth
Gilbert Simondon

Date Summer school: 17-21 June 2024

The deadline for applications: 15 May 2024

Convenors: Andrea Le Moli, Francesca Sunseri, Marcello Di Paola

One hundred years after the birth of Gilbert Simondon, and at a time when environmental issues are becoming increasingly pressing, there is a need for a debate on the relationship between environment and technology. It was the French philosopher who taught us that the environment cannot be dissociated from the individual with whom it is generated, and that this 'associated environment' is the result of the operations and tools that preside over the identification of the whole and is therefore structurally 'technical'. Technology therefore concerns the individual more than one would like to admit, and its understanding or declination as a mode of human existence represents the distinction between a vision of technology as a source of environmental problems or as an inescapable horizon for their resolution. n this perspective, in 1983, in an interview with Esprit, Simondon criticised the lack of reflection on technical objects on the part of environmentalists, who relegate technology sic et simpliciter among the enemies of nature. Reflecting on the environment and technology means, on the contrary, questioning the anthropocentric postulate that often permeates debates on the most appropriate solutions to environmental problems, not in order to evade the human, but to question it in view of the foundation of a new humanism. In this sense, Simondon's proposal is configured as a 'technical education': a primarily psychological and pedagogical reform capable of re-evaluating the relationship between the environment and technology and thus realising an authentic collaboration between man, environment and machine for the protection of the Planet. The debate on the relationship between environmental thought and Simondonian thought has so far been mainly open in Portuguese (Andrade 2001; Marin & Lima 2009), and more recently in French (Barthélémy 2022), but there is still much to explore and discuss. In response to this need, and to celebrate the centenary of Gilbert Simondon's birth, the Department of Humanities of the University of Palermo decided to dedicate the third edition of the Sicily Summer School in Environmental Humanities, held at the Botanical Garden of Palermo, to the theme of environment and technology.

The Summer School is aimed at students and scholars interested in issues of the philosophy of technology and the environment, as well as in Simondonian thought, and eager to share a valuable opportunity for discussion with some of Simondon's leading experts at national and international level in one of the most beautiful and significant landscapes and natural settings in the Mediterranean.

The days will include:
1. a morning or afternoon plenary speech by the keynote speakers followed by an initial discussion led by the discussants from the University of Palermo
2. a morning or afternoon presentation of the thematic abstracts of the Summer School participants with related discussion.
3. The organisation of recreational moments, shared lunches and dinners in the most characteristic places of the city of Palermo. 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Jean-Hugues Barthélémy (Paris-Poitiers)
Pascal Chabot (Bruxelles)
Cecile Malaspina (London-Paris)
Giovanni Carrozzini (Lecce-Varese)
Andrea Bardin (Oxford-Padova)

To be confirmed keynote Speakers:

Paolo Virno (Roma)
Marco Mazzeo (Cosenza)

All contributions selected for presentation will be published, together with the keynote speakers' papers and discussions, in a volume by Palermo University Press.
The Summer School is open to a maximum of 25 participants. Participation entitles the acquisition of 3 CFU for other educational activities. 

For information and registration:

Dr. Francesca Sunseri
Department of Humanities - University of Palermo

Prof. Dr. Andrea Le Moli
Full Professor of History of Philosophy
Department of Humanities - University of Palermo